Meet Our Teachers

Jennifer Lenhart

Yoga Teacher & Studio Owner

Jennifer Lenhart is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She stepped onto the yoga path in 1994 and began teaching in 2009 after graduating from Marni Task's Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training program.

She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP); a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner; has led residential yoga & meditation retreats locally and internationally; is a certified Y12SR: Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leader; and holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature.

In her classes, expect to hear eclectic music, practice some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the asanas, and experience skillful hands-on assists. And probably enjoy some laughter, too.

Megan Ruggiero

Yoga Teacher

Megan completed yoga teacher training at Zen Yoga Studio in 2017 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. She began practicing yoga in 2012 at a local recreation center and instantly fell in love. In the midst of a very difficult time, yoga enabled her to live a happy, healthy, and peaceful life again. She wanted to help others explore a new way of life and find what she had found, so she decided to teach yoga.

Megan's classes focus on and are inspired by the Anusara style of yoga--incorporating self-acceptance along with peace of mind and a healthy body. Her mission is to bring the ancient practice of yoga into the world of today. She wants to make yoga accessible to anyone and everyone, allowing students to feel healthy-- emotionally and physically--while finding peace in every day life.

Heidi Howse

Yoga Teacher

Heidi completed yoga teacher training in 2019 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. As a former massage therapist, she witnessed the benefits of relaxation and exercise to successfully manage stress. Yoga is one of the best practices she knows to combine both of these elements in a way that’s both fun and effective. What you put into your practice, you get out of it!

Her favorite thing about yoga is the peace and focus she feels when she's on her mat. She enjoys connecting with others who are exploring their own goals through yoga. Her goal as a teacher is to help students find their best way to connect with the calm inside them by strengthening the mind-body connection through gentle movement and breath.

Jen McCarter

Yoga Teacher

Jen completed her yoga teacher training with Rolf Gates in 2013 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200. In addition to teaching yoga, she also works as the Wellness Coordinator for Lean In Recovery Center, a men's sober living program in Lakewood.

She is a certified Yoga Health Coach and holds a bachelor's degree in Education from The University of Oregon. As yoga practitioner since 1992, she has a deep respect for the practices of yoga and Ayurveda that have helped her live a meaningful and transformational life and loves sharing what she has learned with others.

Anna Simi

Yoga Teacher

Anna Simi graduated from Marni Task's Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 & as a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).  Her most professional yoga accomplishment has been teaching professional baseball players through the Cleveland Indians organization.

Anna’s classes are inspired by Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, Iyengar, Dharma, and Vinyasa Yoga. She has trained with and continues to be inspired by numerous brilliant teachers including Sharon Gannon and David Life (co-founders of Jivamukti Yoga), Jules Febre, John Friend, Dharma Mittra, and Max Strom. But she believes her students are her greatest teachers!

Anna's classes are breath focused, accessible for all, and leave students feeling empowered. She is passionate about beginners and loves teaching alignment. Anna specializes in hands-on assists with the intention of helping students to deepen the body-mind connection. Expect great music in her classes and sometimes a special appearance by her harmonium or singing bowl.

Rob Hawkins

Yoga Teacher

Rob Hawkins is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200 and graduated from Marni Task's Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training program in 2016.

Rob has continued to invest in his thirst to learn as much as he can about yoga including several anatomy workshops with Gina Schatz, Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery Leadership) training, a meditation immersion, and several 5-day immersions with David Life and Sharon Gannon (co-founders of Jivamukti Yoga). He has also taken training in Trauma Informed Yoga and in 2019 took Yoga911 training in order to teach yoga to first responders. 

In Rob's class you will feel unconditionally supported, challenged and empowered, rejuvenated, and relaxed in body and mind.

Anita Arpajian

Yoga Teacher

Anita graduated from Marni Task's Jivasara Yoga Teacher Training program in 2014 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. By day, she works in Information Technology but sheds her geek by night to teach yoga. 

Her classes are centered around the breath and encourage introspection. She is also a certified Reiki II practitioner.

Anita discovered yoga as a means to weather the storm of mid-life and to counter the effects of working behind a desk for many years. Yoga was so effective that she chose to go deeper and enrolled in yoga teacher training. She says she had no intention of teaching, but the vibe that came together with her 23 classmates during her training changed her mind. The relationships made during and since training have continued to open her heart and mind and allow her to share yoga with others.

Lauren Herzak-Bauman

Yoga Teacher

Lauren graduated from Yoga Farm Ithaca’s Yoga Teacher Training program
in January 2021 and is recognized by Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. Lauren is a full-time artist and her pottery, sculpture, and public art can be seen throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond.

She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, enrolling in different workshops and learning from teachers around the country. Yoga has been a complementary practice to her art life, offering a place to slow down her mind and stretch her body from the physical effects of her work.

Her classes are centered on aligning breath with movement, with focus on progress, not perfection. Lauren understands the unique needs of every practitioner and seeks to offer classes that honor the individual in their own yoga journey.


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